This week, my dear whisky friend, I met a peat monster — a 6-year Islay from the Single Minded series by Douglas Laing.
This Islay is different than the usual Single Minded bottles, which are usually filled at 41.5%. This peat monster is bottled at 48.4%. And it bites!
This Islay is a mysterious monster too — there is no indication which distillery it came from — only “Distilled at an Islay Distillery” is noted on the bottle.
The nose opens unmistakably Islay — earthy smoke and peat with some citrus fruits. There is some light tobacco and camomile tea coming from the back. Nose it longer and you would notice eucalyptus and freshly cut fennel.
On the palate you immediately get heavy peat, then more peat, and again, peat. I told you this was a peat monster, right? After your mouth adapts to all the peat, then you can feel the finer aromas starting to come out. Lemon zest, a mineral dryness, salt, but also a short, complex floral note. Phenol and smoke are also prominent and give the whole tasting experience a well-rounded feeling.
The finish is very long. Towards the end some sweetness comes thru, with a light orange note tingling at the back of your tongue. The earthy notes continue to dominate the taste.
My conclusion — if you get excited by heavily toasted whiskeys, this Single Minded dram will blow you away and will quickly become your personal favorite!
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